Dear St. Patrick’s Parishioners,
As Bishop Malloy shared in his May 13 letter to the people of the Rockford Diocese, we will resume the public celebration of Mass beginning on Monday, May 25. Our diocese has given us guidelines which we will implement as we begin to celebrate Masses. Like all of the Illinois parishes, we are limited to 10 participants per Mass.
Beginning the week of May 25, the following schedule will be in place until we are able to expand the number of people who can attend Mass.
Mass Capacity Limited to 10 people
Starting Monday, May 25th the Weekday Mass Schedule will be:
7 am Downtown Church
8 am Crane Road Church (livestream)
11:30 am Downtown Church
Saturday Daily Masses – May 30th and June 6th: 8 am Crane Road Church
Starting May 30th/31st the Weekend Mass Schedule will be:
4 pm – Saturday Both Churches
7 am – Sunday Mass – Downtown Church
8 am – Sunday Mass – Crane Road Church
9 am – Sunday Mass – Crane Road Church, livestream with Music
10 am – Sunday Drive-thru Blessing at Crane Road Campus
Hispanic Ministry Mass Starting May 28 & May 31:
6 pm – Thursday Downtown Church
5 pm – Sunday Downtown Church
Please note that Bishop has continued to suspend the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation until further notice.
How can you sign up to participate in a Mass at church? We have decided to use an online tool called, “SignUpGenius.” Through this link you will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in a Mass.
Please click on the link shown below to register to attend a Mass
We will have 8 spaces available per Mass for online signup, and for those who are unable to access the site, you may call Mike Zak to sign up for the two remaining spots 630-215-5577. We will schedule the Masses on a weekly basis through Sunday, June 7th. Due to the limited persons per Mass, we ask that you only sign up once a week and limit the number to two (2) adults and no children during this time, from your household.
The diocese has recommended that persons at risk should stay home at this time. At-risk includes adults 65 years and older and those with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immuno-compromised, asthma, chronic kidney, and/or chronic liver disease should remain at home (8 out of 10 COVID related deaths reported in the United States have been in adults 65 years or older. Those listed medical conditions put anyone at any age at increased risk for COVID complications.)
Also, anyone with the following symptoms should not come to church at this time:
- fever (100.4 or higher)
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- muscle pain
- new loss of taste/smell
****If within the past 14 days they have experienced any of these symptoms, been in contact with anyone who has exhibited any of the symptoms or who tested positive for COVID, should NOT attend mass.****
On your scheduled Mass day, we ask that you please follow all of these procedures completely:
- Hand sanitizer will be required upon entering the church.
- There will be no missalettes or hymnals. If you bring your own worship aid, like Magnificat or Word Among Us, please make sure you take it home with you as anything left behind will be disposed of. You are encouraged to use one of the many apps available for use on your phone. You can print or view the aides provided here and print bulletins.
- All Mass participants must wear a mask except when receiving Holy Communion.
- Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained at all times. Parishioners will be escorted and assigned a spot in the church for you to sit at. Also, social distancing between non-family members must be maintained when entering and leaving church and during the Communion procession. Members in the same household may sit together.
- On Sundays, there will be no passing of the collection basket. Baskets to receive parishioner offerings will be on a table near the back of the church.
- For the time being, there will be no communal sign of peace or holding of hands during the Our Father.
- If you are uncomfortable receiving Holy Communion, you are not required to do so. You may make a Spiritual Communion.
- In the Communion line, people will come up single file maintaining proper social distancing. If there is a need, the priest will come to you. Everyone will be required to receive Holy Communion on the hand.
- If at all possible, we are asking you to avoid using the restrooms for the 45-60 minutes you are at church. If someone uses the restroom, it will require us to clean it. We will also be cleaning the pews between Masses.
- At the end of Mass, those who are participating will exit the church, beginning with those in back. Unfortunately, at this time, no social gatherings may take place before or after Mass. But we can wave at each other!
As we receive future updates from the diocese allowing for larger Mass attendance, we will communicate that to you along with any procedural changes. If you have any questions, please contact one of the priests or the parish office, and we will assist you.
For those who would like to stop in at the church for some prayer time, the church will be open for private prayer Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. We ask you to sit in the sections that are marked.
Confession Schedule will continue as follows
- Monday – Wednesday Friday at the Downtown Church from Noon – 12:30 pm
- Tuesday and Thursday at the Crane Road Church from 6 pm until all are heard
- Saturday Morning at the Downtown Church from 9 am until all are heard
- Saturday Afternoon at the Crane Road Church from 3 – 3:30 pm
Thank you for your patience during these difficult times as we slowly start to celebrate the sacraments again. Let’s continue to pray for a remedy for this pandemic, and for all who are impacted by it. Know of our continued prayers for all of you.
God bless you always!